Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe

First thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Children's Publishing for allowing me to read an e-galley of this.  I've been a fan of Megan Crewe since I read the first book in The Fallen World trilogy, The Way We Fall.  I'm behind in that series, still need to read the last one.  But I was excited to see this one come up on Netgalley for request, and so I requested it right away.

All in all, this was an interesting book.  It had a mix of science fiction with the aliens, and time travel which of course included some historical fiction bits.  The main character is a girl named Skylar.  And there is a line one of her friends says at the beginning that I thought would have made a cute change to the title. They were trying to get her attention and they said "Earth to Sky."  But it is Earth and Sky.  Which is still kind of a cool title with her name being Skylar, Sky for short.  Skylar gets these feelings that things are "wrong" and these feelings give her panic attacks a lot of times.  She usually is able to calm herself down by counting.  Starting with beads on a bracelet, where she counts by threes, or should I say multiplies by threes.  The multiplying is pretty good, and reminds me of something that kids with autism or Asperger's syndrome might do.  Other than that she lives a mostly normal life.  One day on a field trip with her class to the courthouse, she starts feeling all kinds of things might be wrong.  And she sees this strange guy, who looks about her age, but something is out of place about him.  He seems more real, more there, than everything else.  And at one point, Skylar's feelings of wrongness give her a vision of an explosion, a bomb of some sort, going off in the courthouse where she and her friends and classmates are.  She plays the vision off as seeing a spider.  But when it happens, the strange boy has shown up again, and he notices that she's noticed something. 

The next day he's outside her school.  And she's afraid maybe he is planning a bomb there or something, as she keeps getting the feelings that normally aren't so close together.  So she goes up to him.  She soon finds out that his name is Win, and he tells her that he is on Earth on a mission to save it from his own people.  It seems they've been studying our Earth for years, and every time they come down and change something, it is what creates the feelings of wrongness for Skylar.  He is able to use her feelings to help him on his mission.  But they are not going to be able to just travel in time to find the things needed with no problems, because there are other people from Win's planet, called Enforcers, that are trying to stop Win and his group. They don't want to leave the Earth alone.  So Sky and Win must travel to different points in time, use Sky's feelings of "wrongness" to figure out where Win's leader left the things they need, and then get onto the next location without being caught by the Enforcers, and without messing up the history anymore.  But Win may not be quite the way he seems, he still has secrets that he hasn't told Skylar.  And Skylar thinks that maybe she could go back and time and find out where her brother Noam disappeared to when she was 5 years old, not caring what that might do to history, and even though it might mean she never develops the feelings of wrongness that lead to her being able to time travel with Win.  The book ends not with a cliffhanger per se, but definitely with questions left unanswered.  I think it is supposed to be a trilogy, so I will be looking forward to the next title to see where it goes next in the mission to save our planet.

I liked the talks about how you couldn't run into your self in the past.  The "dox" which would send you flying through the air if you got to close to something/someone you couldn't be near in that time period.  While the stuff about the alien race was very interesting, I'm not sure I like one point that the author brings up about fossils of ancient humans being "faked" by the aliens.  It's obviously not a religious point of view for the book, nothing against evolution at all really.  I can just see some people maybe seeing it that way. 

An interesting look at time travel in a fun way to deal with saving our planet from a race of aliens who have destroyed their own planet, and look to not really care what they are doing to us.

22 comments:

  1. Great review, this sounds like an interesting read...

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    1. It was a unique read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The counting by threes thing reminds me of Sheldon in Big Bang Theory :) I like that the book addresses the time travel paradox (grandfather paradox). I love time travel in books, especially when there is a tiny bit of historical fiction injected in because of it. Sounds like a fun read!

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    1. She's not like that other than that little bit, but it was still a neat point to the story. Hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  3. Love the sound of this. Going on my wishlist.

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    1. Very cool! I'm a fan of this author, so glad to get some publicity out there for it! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Great Review! This book sure sounds interesting! I think I will read this one, because of your review!

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    1. Great! I love the author and would like to see her get some more exposure as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I have this book on my TBR list, especially because it has a mention of time travel and aliens, two concepts which you don't come across much in books and are hard to do well. I hope this book handles it well!

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    1. It was a different read, and I love the author, so it definitely worked. Hope you like it as much when you read it.

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  6. Skylar sounds like a very well-rounded character. It great to see that in a sci-fi for YA. I'll have to check it out. Great review.

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    1. She was definitely a pretty good character, although she did really want to save her brother if at all possible. Hope you get a chance to read it soon. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I like the sound of both Skylar and Win. Time travel stories always intrigue me.

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    1. It was a neat one, and had some moments in time that I hadn't really ever heard much about, so that was neat to me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Not a big sci fi fan but this sounds intriguing enough that I might have to put it on my wishlist at Amazon. Great review too

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    1. I wouldn't say it was a ton of sci-fi, but there was still a bit in there. Maybe you'll like it if you read it. Glad you stopped by!

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  9. Great review! This book sounds interesting and I usually love sci-fi so I will definitely have to check it out!

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    1. The time travel is a pretty interesting take on it in my opinion. Hope you get a chance to read it!

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  10. This sounds like an interesting sci-fi book that would be accessible for teens. Thanks for the review.

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    1. It's definitely a great one for kids! Thanks for stopping by!

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